The holy Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha falls on the same date as the 15th anniversary of 9/11 this year, and American Muslims are voicing their concerns on social media that backlash against them may ensue. Their claim is that Islamophobic resentment may turn into violence against Muslims celebrating their holiday on the same day al-Qaeda attacked the Twin Towers and killed thousands of American lives fifteen years ago.
Millions of Muslims across the world will participate in the ‘feast of sacrifice,’ but their fear is that people could misinterpret the festivities as a celebration of the attacks. The president of the Islamic Center of Long Island, Habeeb Ahmed, told the New York Times that non-Muslim Americans will take it the wrong way.
Some Muslim participants have took to Twitter to mock those who may confuse the two:
Before bigots tell u otherwise: Muslim holiday Eid Al Adha may fall on 9/11 this yr. It’s based on lunar calendar-Its NOT celebrating 9/11
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@Deanofcomedy) August 25, 2016
— مِ (@mernaaehab) August 20, 2016
Without doubt there will be ‘progressive’ Muslims and Islamophobes demanding Muslims rearrange Eid so it doesn’t fall on September 11.
— Shafik Mandhai (@ShafikFM) August 17, 2016
What do you think? Should Muslims postpone their celebration of the holiday out of respect for 9/11?
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